Aussie Book Review- Arkie Sparkle: Code Crimson by Petra James

Code Crimson (Arkie Sparkle, Treasure Hunter, #1) Petra James- Code Crimson (Arkie Sparkle #1)

 Format- Paperback

 Source- Review copy

 Publisher- Pan Macmillan

 Publication date- July 2012

 Synopsis- Eleven-year-old Arkie Sparkle’s archaeologist parents have been kidnapped. With the help of her genius cousin TJ and basset hound Cleo, she must find seven treasures across the seven continents in seven days.
Day 1: Egypt Arkie must find the first treasure in the temple of the Egyptian Pharaoh, Ramses II. But first she has to find the temple, buried deep in the sands of the Sahara Desert.

 Review-  What a fun adventure story for you girls and boys alike. Code Crimson is the first instalment of the Arkie Sparkle Treasure Hunter series by Australian author, Petra James. Arkie is eleven years old and enlists the help of her same-aged cousin TJ and her dog Cleopatra to help her save her parents- they have been kidnapped.

Arkie must locate seven individual treasures as per the kidnapper’s directions to free her parents. In Code Crimson, Arkie and TJ must uncover the first treasure which requires them to go back in time, to ancient Egypt and uncover where it was hidden.

In Code Crimson, there’s everything a kid needs to be engaged in a story: fun characters with special abilities, technological gadgets, interesting facts about science and history and of course two brave, intelligent kids who save the day. It’s only 100 pages with plenty of pictures, fact boxes and large-spaced text.

Initially I intended to read this one with my niece, but I haven’t had a chance to see her since I returned from my trip and I wanted to get my review up. But I had fun reading it on my own and I hope to still read the series with her when we get the chance to catch up.

I’m looking forward to reading the second instalment, Time Trap set in China which is due for release in August.

4/5 rating


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About the author:

Petra is Australian, but we have a Charlie Carter situation and the author is not available.

This is the first series written by Petra James.

Unfortunately, very little is known about her. Like the treasure hunters in her books, she prefers to blend into her surroundings.
This book was read as part of the AWW2012 challenge:

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